The overlooked risk to the internet

Large-scale malicious campaigns by LulzSec, nation states and fraud gangs have underlined the risk to networks, as groups turn to online attacks for political, campaigning or criminal ends.The typical methods used in these attacks rely either on social engineering, where attempts are made to dupe users into divulging information, or on network penetration, which use denial-of-service attempts and other approaches to get into service and application infrastructures.However, there is also a risk from weaknesses in the physical infrastructure — such as cables — that underlie the internet, according to Andreas Mauthe, a senior lecturer at Lancaster University.

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